MOTORCLASSICA, FLASH JAGS, PILOT RESTO
“EVERY YEAR THE STANDARD OF OUR CONCOURS ENTRANTS KEEPS GETTING HIGHER"
AS MOTORCLASSICA 2018 came to a close, 24,000 showgoers had been welcomed through the regal doors of Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building.
140 of Australia's best collector cars and motorcycles were in contention for the various concours awards, with the headlining Best in Show award going to Lawrence Southward's spectacular 1932 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS Spider.
In bestowing the concours' highest honour on the gorgeous Alfa, Event Director Paul Mathers said: “Lawrence Southward's Alfa Romeo 6C Spider is truly a world-class car and a very worthy winner of the ‘Best of the Best' Award.”
The Alfa 6C was originally owned by Bubby Featherstonehaugh, English Jazz Musician and car racer before finding its way to New Zealand.
It was Lawrence's father and sister who first began the 6C's restoration 16 years ago, both of whom unfortunately passed away before the car could be completed. The stunning car was only finished earlier this year, after the team at Bristol Motors were entrusted with completing the project.
The car featured coachbuilt aluminium bodywork by Zagato, and a supercharged 1,762cc inline-six.
Mathers further said: “Every year the standard of our Concours entrants keeps getting higher and making the judging that much more difficult, the panel is literally having to make judgements on the most minute of detail”.
“It's fantastic to see this evolution and share the passion of the owners with our Motorclassica audience”.
Show-goers pitched in votes for the ‘People's Choice' award, which ultimately went to Sam Santaro's 1969 Holden HK Monaro GTS.
Restoration of the Year' went to Barry Edge's flawless 1969 Maserati Ghibli Spyder restored by Re-Creation Automotive. It also won the ‘Modern Classic Sports & Performance Over 3 Litre' award.
‘The Chief Judge's Spirit of Motorclassica' was awarded to Allan Reid's 1964 Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint Speciale.
‘Vintage & Veteran' went to Scott Emerson's stunning 1924 Cadillac V16, with ‘Pre-War UK & European' awarded to Max Joffe's 1926 Delage Boat-Tail Tourer, and Trevor Hudson's 1929 Stutz Blackhawk taking out ‘Pre-War USA'.
As well as ‘People's Choice' award, Sam Santoro's Monaro GTS also took out ‘Modern Classic GT USA & Australia', while Gavin King's 1961 Jaguar E-Type won ‘Modern Classic GT UK & European'.
Overall winner of ‘Modern Classic' was David Lamont and his 1963 Jaguar Mark II, while ‘Modern Sports & Performance Under 3 Litre' went to Bram William's 1967 Porsche 911S.
‘Post-War Closed' and ‘Post-War Open' awards went to Tony Nassar and his 1958 BMW Isetta Micro coupe, and Mark & Michelle Jansen's 1959 Goggomobile Dart respectively.
In the ‘Preservation' classes; the ‘Pre-1950' award went to Greg Mackie and his 1924 Minerva AB Tourer, the ‘Post1950' award went to Greg La Manna and his 1974 Ferrari Daytona, and the ‘Motorcycles Preservation' award went to Jordan Roddy and his 1972 Triumph X-75 Hurricane.
‘Motorcycles Pre-1955' went to Thomas Weitacher's 1954 BSA A7 SS Daytona, with the ‘Post-1955' award to Jon Munn's 1959 Triumph 650 Bonneville.
‘Racing Cars Pre-War' and ‘Post-War' went to Tom Robert's '37 Maserati 6CM, and Mark Bennet's '57 Lotus 12.
One of the feature themes of this year's Motorclassica was the celebration of the era of Art Deco cars, with a special award going to Terry Dowel's 1937 Cord Custom Berlin Coupe.
Similarly, the '90 Years of the Australian Grand Prix' was given a special display, with a special award to Peter Harburg's 1963 Brabham BT7A.
In contrast, the big winner for the MicroCar class was Alvin Chua and his 1957 BMW Isetta 300 Coupe.
The 2019 event, the tenthrunning of Motorclassica, will take place again at Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building on October 11-13. Can we can look forward to an even higher calibre of cars at that landmark show?.